Young children, especially boys, are typically fascinated by cars from an early age. Their love affair with sleek machines that go fast starts with their toys, such as Hot Wheels cars. Throw your child a Hot Wheels-themed party if you always see him on his hands and knees with his cars. Decorate your child's Hot Wheels party with a variety of decorations that complement the Hot Wheels theme.
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Drape the party tables with tablecloths that look like a road, map or racetrack. Make your own out of fabric or butcher paper if you can't find a pre-made tablecloth to suit your party or if you prefer do-it-yourself projects. Place a Hot Wheels car in front of each place setting as a party favour if the tablecloth provides an adequate background.
Set the table with paper products, such as plates and napkins, that have images of Hot Wheels cars, look like tires, black-and-white draughts like a race flag or in solid colours that match your party colours.
Create a centrepiece for each table. You can make the centrepieces out of your child's Hot Wheels toys and tracks, or new toys that also become gifts. For example, set up a Hot Wheels racetrack set and place a few Hot Wheels race cars on the track. Create a mountain out of styrofoam to place the cars if you don't have a track. Ask your guests not to play with it until later if it's a gift, or let them occupy themselves by playing. A Hot Wheels shaped cake or pinata can also do double duty as your centrepiece and a party treat later.
If you're having an indoor party, hang decorations from the ceiling to create an instant party atmosphere. Include balloons in your child's favourite colours as well as Mylar balloons in the shape of tires, Hot Wheels cars and other car-related shapes. Include streamers if you want to bring in more colour.
Make racing flags, number plates or street signs to hang from the ceiling if you want something different. The street signs can include your party guests' names, such as "Wayne Way" and "Rosy Road" or mimic real street signs. Number plate decorations can include your guests' names or car-related sayings, such as "HOT WLZ" or "CARZRUL."
Racing flags, street signs and number plates can also be hung on a wall. Make traffic signs that can be incorporated into games, such as red, yellow and green lights, yield signs, stop signs, railroad crossing signs or the signs with wavy lines that warn of windy roads. Create your own Hot Wheels or car shapes, such as tires, out of construction paper.
Frame posters of Hot Wheels or your child's favourite sports cars or race car drivers. Blow up pictures of actual Hot Wheels cars to hang if you want to keep the party focused on the small toy cars instead.
Create a large map or city scene, and glue or tape Hot Wheels to it. Tape the cars to a large poster board to spell out your child's name in a one-of-a-kind banner. Place the cars to make the letters, then draw streets or a twisted racetrack around the letters.
Decorate your outdoor space for a Hot Wheels party with big car parts. Mark off different party areas, or create a Hot Wheels zone out of orange construction cones. Lay real tires around the party area with cloths to use as tables or cushions to use them as seats.
Build a large cardboard Hot Wheel car out of an appliance box. Use a second box to create cardboard tires that can be spray-painted black. You can use the large cardboard cars during the party if you want the kids to decorate the cars or have "races" with them.
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